2 New Agents Seeking Queries via @writersdigest

Guide to Literary Agents 2017
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Editor’s Letter: Happy Holidays from Me and Writer’s Digest
Quick editor’s letter today because of the holidays. Hopefully you are enjoying a needed end-of-year break, drinking eggnog while enjoying some of those novels you’ve had on your to-read shelf for far too long. Enjoy the holidays and stay warm. Rest and get plenty of sleep – because 2017 will start with a bang here at Writer’s Digest, and I want you to be ready to soak up all of it.

Keep an eye on my Guide to Literary Agents Blog all throughout January. Some things I will be rolling out include more new free agent-judged contests — likely this time for writers of middle grade and young fiction. I’ll also host a new giveaway celebrating the release of the 2017 Guide to Literary Agents. And that’s just the beginning. We’ll have more new lists of agents seeking certain categories right now, and roundups of submission tips from literary agents. Buckle up! January will be one packed month.

And like I always mention, I’m speaking at some writing events in 2017 that I’m excited about. These events include Minneapolis (Feb. 11), Alabama (Feb. 24), Atlanta (Feb. 25), Detroit (March 25), Philadelphia (April 8), Seattle (May 6), and Nashville (July 22). There are also plenty more conferences (with attending agents) listed at the end of this newsletter. And I know it’s way ahead, but WD just set dates for its huge 2017 conference in New York. Theconference happens again August 18-20, 2017, and we hope to again bring you 60+ agents for our gigantic pitch slam.

Until next time, good luck writing, agent hunting, and building your writer platform!

Chuck Sambuchino
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2 New Agents Seeking Submissions NOW
Click on any name below to see the full mini-profile on the GLA Blog (with submission instructions). Good luck querying! (Please note that agents frequently close to submissions from mid-December through mid-January. So please check their individual websites and Twitter to make sure if this is the case. If these agents below [or any others you're pursuing] are currently closed to submissions, simply wait a few weeks until they open, then query away.)
1. Ed Maxwell of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc.
He is seeking: Ed is seeking expert and narrative nonfiction authors, novelists and graphic novelists, and children’s book authors and illustrators. His aim as a literary agent is to help authors grow their intellectual properties into compelling books. He is especially interested in working with authors who may publish across different genres and formats-scholarly and trade-over the course of their careers. Ed believes in popular media as a living cultural record and hopes to connect with authors of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and voices.
2. Rick Pascocello of Glass Literary
She is seeking: Rick is interested in working with nonfiction authors who bring a unique perspective to memoir, biography, business, history, narrative nonfiction, sports, popular culture, social commentary, and other thought-provoking ideas, as well as mainstream and literary fiction writers whose voices ring true on every page.
The One Big Reason Some Writer Blogs Succeed, While Others Crash and Burn
Most writers’ blogs forever linger in obscurity. These sites never receive a number of page views that would be considered noteworthy (1,000 a day, for instance) or help them sell thousands of books over time.

If you’re just blogging for fun and don’t care about how many hits you get, that’s one thing. But if you’re using a blogas a means to build your writing network and platform, you’re probably curious about what you can do to attract a bigger readership – and I can tell you how to do just that.

So what separates the small percentage of larger, successful blogs from the rest of the herd? This is a question I’ve studied for many years, both while building my own Guide to Literary Agents Blog, as well as when I’ve reviewed other writers’ sites.

The answer is surprisingly simple: the one core element that virtually every successful blog provides. Note that this key trait is not just relative to blogs; popular social media accounts provide this one thing, too…

Continue this column by reading the full thing on The Write Life website.

"Let’s Begin: Write Captivating Opening Pages that Grab Readers’ (and Agents’) Attention" — Let Agent Victoria Marini Teach You How on Jan. 10
Strong opening pages are essential to getting your novel noticed by an agent. First pages often dictate whether an agent requests a manuscript or rejects the query, and first chapters can mean the difference between capturing and sustaining a readers’ attention or losing it entirely. As an agent with Irene Goodman Literary Agency, Victoria Marini has been selling Adult and Young Adult Fiction for years. She’ll share her first-hand knowledge of what she looks for in the opening pages of fiction, and what she lets go.

During this live webinar, "Let’s Begin: Write Captivating Opening Pages that Grab Readers’ (and Agents’) Attention," you will learn how to create opening pages that capture attention, sustain interest, and ultimately compel readers to keep turning the pages. Develop authentic characters readers will care about, set pacing and plotting that will streamline your storytelling, and avoid the common mistakes that downgrade your craft. It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, and lasts 90 minutes.

All registrants are invited to submit the first 1,500 words of your manuscript for critique. All submissions are guaranteed a written critique by Victoria Marini.

– How to pique interest
– The importance of demonstrating your authorial voice
– Ways to set a foundation for your narrative
– How to build the narrative on that foundation
– How to stay focused and keep the storytelling streamlined
– The various elements of conflicts and inciting events
– The difference between Action and Action!
– Pitfalls that will bore, tire, irritate, and generally put off readers

Victoria Marini began her career as a literary agent at Gelfman Schneider and ICM Partners before joining the Irene Goodman Agency in 2016. She is interested in both literary and commercial middle grade, young adult and adult fiction. From contemporary to magical realism to sci-fi/fantasy and dramatic suspense, she is always looking for unforgettable off-the-page characters, compulsive stories, and unique voices. She is a sucker for weirdness, atmosphere, secrets, things that go bump in the night, a bit of whimsy, a twist of magic, or a dash of humor. ( Sign up for the webinar here.)

If You are Writing Memoir or Historical Fiction, Enter These FREE Agent-Judged Contests!
Welcome to the 28th and 29th (free!) "Dear Lucky Agent" Contests on the GLA Blog. The contests celebrate therelease of my two new annual guides — the 2017 Guide to Literary Agents and the 2017 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market.

The "Dear Lucky Agent" Contest is a free recurring online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here’s the deal: With every contest, the details are essentially the same, but the niche itself changes-meaning each contest is focused around a specific category or two.

If you’re writing Memoir/Lifestory, then the 28th contest is for you! Check out all the details and rules here. It is judged by agent Jennifer Wills of The Seymour Agency.

If you’re writing Historical Fiction, then the 29th contest is for you! Check out all the details and rules here. It is judged by agent Elise Erickson of Harold Ober Associates.

The contests are both live through end of day, Dec. 31, 2016.

"How to Get Published: Land a Book Deal in 2017" — Jane Friedman’s Latest Webinar Happens on Jan. 5, 2017
If you want to get your book traditionally published in 2017-be it fiction, nonfiction, a children’s book, or memoir-increase your chances by knowing how to evaluate the commercial potential of your work and learning the best way to approach editors, agents, and publishers. Book publishing is undergoing a dramatic transformation as e-booksales increase and physical bookstores decrease in number. These changes affect the traditional book deals that get made-meaning that authors have to adjust their strategies to adapt to a risk-averse and uncertain industry.

This intensive and information-filled 90-minute live webinar, "How to Get Published: Land a Book Deal in 2017," helps you think like an industry insider who makes decisions every day on what work merits print publication. You’ll get practical advice and tools to help you develop strong pitch letters and proposal materials for both fiction and nonfiction-plus back-door methods for networking with agents and editors. It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, January 5, 2017.

– The tried-and-true pitch formula that gets the attention of an editor or an agent
– 3 of the biggest time-wasters writers should avoid when pursuing traditional publication
– The critical differences between pitching fiction and nonfiction, as well as differences in pitching narrative-driven works, information-driven works, and illustrated works
– How to evaluate how close you are to getting a traditional deal-and if you’re really ready to start submitting your work to agents and editors
– Whether you need a platform, what that platform needs to look like to impress an agent or editor, and how to build that platform
– How Google affects your chances of getting published (really!)
– The best free and paid resources for identifying agents and publishers that are receptive to your work
– How to tell a good agent from a not-so-good agent
– How book proposals must be adapted for the digital era of publishing
– How to identify flaws in your approach, submission materials, or concept
– When it’s time to consider self-publishing or e-publishing

Jane Friedman is the former publisher of Writer’s Digest who has spent more than 15 years in the book publishing industry, and has overseen the publication of hundreds of books during her career. She is a regular speaker at writing conferences and industry events, including Digital Book World, BookExpo America, and Frankfurt Book Fair. Her blog for writers at JaneFriedman.com has more than 100,000 visitors every month and was named one of theTop 101 Websites for Writers in 2013-14. Find out more at JaneFriedman.com. (Sign up for the webinar here.)

Agent-Conference Opportunities
There are plenty of opportunities for writers to meet agents face to face at writers’ conferences and pitch their work in 2017. Remember: Meeting agents in person is a great way to get past the slush pile. If an agent is interested in your work and requests a sample or book proposal, you can write "Requested Material" on your submission, making sure it gets a fair read and consideration.
Know that there are two types of conferences. There are general writers’ conferences, that address a variety of subjects, and then there are specialized conferences, which usually tend to focus on a single genre-such as western, romance, or mystery. You will find all kinds in this list below.
Minnesota Writing Conference, February 11, 2017, St. Paul, MN
Attending Agents: Laura Zats (Red Sofa Literary), Gemma Cooper (The Bent Agency), Kaylee Davis (Dee Mura Literary), Mary Cummings (Betsy Amster Literary), Jennie Goloboy (Red Sofa Literary), Abby Saul (The Lark Group), Samantha Fountain (Corvisiero Literary), Dawn Frederick (Red Sofa Literary), Lauren Kukla (editor Mighty Media Press Children’s Books), Kimiko Nakamura (Dee Mura Literary), Erik Hane (Red Sofa Literary), and more.
San Francisco Writers Conference, Feb. 16-19, 2017, San Francisco, CA
Attending Agents: Peter Beren (Peter Beren Literary), Jennifer Chen Tran (Fuse Literary), Amy Cloughley (Kimberley Cameron & Assoc), Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media Group), Sarah Levitt (Zachary Shuster Harmsworth), Laurie McLean (Fuse Literary), Paula Munier (Talcott Notch), Andy Ross (Andy Ross Literary), and more.

Alabama Writing Workshop, Feb. 24, 2017, Birmingham, AL
Attending Agents: Latoya C. Smith (L. Perkins Agency), Eric Smith (P.S. Literary), Cate Hart (Corvisiero Literary), editor Elizabeth May (Kensington Publishing). Marisa Corvisiero (Corvisiero Literary), Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media), editor Misty Williams (Fiery Seas Publishing).
Atlanta Writing Workshop, February 25, 2017, Atlanta, GA
Attending Agents: Cherry Weiner (Weiner Literary), Sally Apokedak (Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency), Latoya C. Smith (L. Perkins Agency), Vanessa Eccles (Golden Wheat Literary), Marisa Corvisiero (Corvisiero Literary), Janell Walden Agyeman (Marie Brown Associates), Eric Smith (P.S. Literary), Elizabeth Copps (Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc.), Elizabeth May (Kensington Publishing), Kristy Hunter (The Knight Agency), Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media), and more to be announced.
Writers Winter Escape Cruise, Feb. 26 – March 3, 2017, cruise departs Miami FL
Attending Agents: The attending agents are from The Seymour Agency and The Tobias Agency. Additional attending publishers companies include Sourcebooks, Tor/Forge, Doubleday, and Entangled Publishing.
Michigan Writers Conference, March 25, 2017, Detroit, MI
Attending Agents: Elana Roth Parker (Laura Dail Literary Agency), Paul Stevens (Donald Maass Literary). Sara Megibow (KT Literary), Jennifer Wills (The Seymour Agency), Janna Bonikowski (The Knight Agency), Kirsten Carleton (Prospect Agency), Elizabeth May (Kensington Publishing), Alice Speilburg (Speilburg Literary), Michael Caligaris (Holloway Literary Agency), Lesley Sabga (The Seymour Agency).

Kansas Writing Workshop, March 25, 2017, Kansas City, KS
Attending Agents: Rebecca Bugger (Serendipity Literary Agency), Justin Wells (Corvisiero Literary Agency), Reiko Davis (DeFiore & Company), Stephanie Hansen (Metamorphosis Literary), Whitley Abell (Inklings Literary), Tricia Skinner (Fuse Literary).
"Get Published" Conference of Kentucky, April 22, 2017, Louisville, KY
Attending Agents: Brent Taylor (TriadaUS Literary), Brandi Bowles (Foundry Literary + Media), Alice Speilburg (Speilburg Literary), Lesley Sabga (The Seymour Agency), Julie Gwinn (The Seymour Agency), Victoria Lea (Aponte Literary), and Jennifer Wills (The Seymour Agency).

New Orleans Writing Workshop, April 22 2017, New Orleans, LA
Attending Agents: Rebecca Bugger (Serendipity Literary Agency), Amanda Leuck (SpencerHill Associates), Whitley Abell (Inklings Literary), Tricia Skinner (Fuse Literary Agency), Alex Franks (Donaghy Literary), Johnnie Bernhard (Loiacono Literary), and Jennifer Haskin (Metamorphosis Literary Agency).
Writers Conference of Seattle, May 6, 2017, Seattle, WA
Attending Agents: Carlie Webber (CK Webber Associates), Mandy Hubbard (Emerald City Literary), Thao Le (Sandra Dijkstra Literary), Clelia Gore (Martin Literary Management), Nephele Tempest (The Knight Agency), Paul S. Levine (Paul S. Levine Literary), Amy Levenson (Blue Heron Literary), Eve Porinchak (Jill Corcoran Literary), Scott Eagan (Greyhaus Literary), Elizabeth Wales (Wales Literary Agency), Lindsay Mealing (Emerald City Literary), Valerie Noble (Donaghy Literary), and Adria Olson (Martin Literary Management).
Pennwriters Conference, May 19-21, 2017, Pittsburgh, PA
Attending Agents: Noah Ballard (Curtis Brown, Ltd.), Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media Group), Eric Myers (Dystel and Goderich Literary), Roseanne Wells (Jennifer De Chiara Literary); and possibly more to come.

Writers Conference of San Diego, May 21, 2017, San Diego, CA
Attending Agents: Thao Le (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency), Valerie Noble (Donaghy Literary Group), Annie Bomke (Annie Bomke Literary), Taylor Martindale (Full Circle Literary), Elise Capron (Sandra Dijsktra Literary Agency), Patricia Nelson (Marsal Lyon Literary Agency), Courtney Miller-Callihan (Handspun Literary), Natalie Lakosil (Bradford Literary Agency), Jill Marr (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency), Kelly Sonnack (Andrea Brown Literary Agency), Jennifer Azantian (Jennifer Azantian Literary Agency), Jennifer Kim (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency).

The Writing Workshop of Chicago, June 24, 2017, Chicago, IL
Attending Agents: Gemma Cooper (The Bent Agency), Michael Caligaris (Holloway Literary Agency), Alexandra Weiss (Jennifer De Chiara Literary), Marcy Posner (Folio Literary), Laura Crockett (Triada US Literary), Loretta Caravette (LR Children’s Literary), Jen Karsbaek (Fuse Literary), Lesley Sabga (The Seymour Agency), and more to come.

Cleveland Writing Workshop, July 8, 2017, Cleveland, OH
Attending Agents: Jennifer Wills (The Seymour Agency), Michael Caligaris (Holloway Literary Agency), Ella Marie Shupe (Belcastro Agency), Vicki Selvaggio (Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency), Moe Ferrara (BookEnds Literary), Fred Tribuzzo (The Rudy Agency).
Tennessee Writing Workshop, July 22, 2017, Nashville, TN
Attending Agents: Lauren MacLeod (The Strothman Agency), Elizabeth Copps (Maria Carvainis Agency, Inc.), Julie Gwinn (The Seymour Agency), Michael Caligaris (Holloway Literary Agency), Alice Speilburg (Speilburg Literary), Cate Hart (Corvisiero Literary), Laura Crockett (Triada US Literary), Lesley Sabga (The Seymour Agency), Mark Gottlieb (Trident Media), Beth Phelan (The Bent Agency), and Kimberly Brower (Brower Literary).
Writer’s Digest Conference, August 18-20, 2017, New York, NY
Attending Agents: Last year in 2016, we had more than 60 attending agents there to take pitches and meet with writers. We hope to again bring you 60+ in 2017.
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  1. Reblogged this on Don Massenzio's Blog and commented:
    Here is some great information on potential literary agent connections and other helpful information from the Motown Writers blog


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